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Friday, April 22, 2016

Pray for Families (Finding Happiness & Peace)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When visiting hospitalized patients and asking them what they’d like to pray about, I am struck by their loving reply.  It is usually not for themselves, but often a particular family member.  It appears that our hearts naturally think of those closest to us.  We want them to find happiness and at peace in their lives.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith in me.” John 14:1

Perhaps those with faith worry more about their family members who don’t have faith.  Let us lessen the worry through prayer, by bringing all those relatives to the foot of the cross.

Lord, you hear our innermost groanings before we even utter a sound.  You know the depth of our worry and all those we are unsettled about.  Hear our prayers and petitions on their behalf.  Help us grow in faith knowing that you lovingly are with them, calling to them daily, guiding and protecting them, and loving them unconditionally. Help us to trust that you love them even more than we do, and that you too want them to encounter you, their eternal source of joy, peace, and happiness. Take all those we bring to you now and immerse them in the ocean of your love and mercy.  Immerse us too Lord, as we need constant assurance.   Look kindly upon as we continue to pray for family.  Prepare a place for us so that we can all be together through eternity.

In my Father’s house, there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” John 14:2-3

You were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but the precious blood of Christ.  1Peter1:18-19


Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer is more precious than gold, silver or gemstones.  Pass it on!